Paper/ Course evaluation

Paper questions provide feedback on different aspects of a student’s learning experience within a given paper, course or programme. The University expects that paper questions will be run for every paper at least once every three years.

The results of which can be used as evidence of teaching competence when submitting an application for promotion and form part of your Otago Teaching Profile. In this case, they should be accompanied by a context form which shows the extent of your contribution to the paper, particularly in team-taught situations. For further guidance, see the document ‘HEDC advice on course evaluations’.

Historically, paper and teacher questions have only existed in separate questionnaires. To allow you to run one questionnaire, where previously you may have run two, a single-questionnaire can now include both paper and teacher, questions. For example, one questionnaire could include both the ‘paper core’ and ‘teacher core’ questions.

Paper questions can be:

  • the 4 ‘paper core’ (2 closed with 2 ‘Please explain: questions)’ that the University has developed to offer a standardised measure of the quality of a paper/course.
  • chosen from a catalogue (5-point Likert scale or open-ended comments questions) and, if desired, customised to suit.
  • your own custom designs (2 or 5-point Likert scale or open-ended comments questions).

Paper Reports

Pre-1 Mar 2016, paper/course analysis reports summarised data from all the questions. This will continue to be the case. However, if paper questions are selected alongside ‘teacher core’ questions in the same questionnaire, you will also receive an individual teacher summary report summarising the ‘teacher core’ questions.

Different reporting scenarios:

Questions selected Reports Generated
No ‘Teacher core’ questions A report summarising all the data
Other questions plus ‘Teacher core’ set A report summarising all the data and an individual teacher summary report with just the ‘Teacher core’ set

How to order a questionnaire

Go to Otago inFORM, to order a questionnaire, or read more about how to administer a questionnaire.

A focus on distance education

You have the opportunity to include in your evaluation a set of 10 questions specifically designed for distance courses. These questions focus on aspects of papers that are central to good design and teaching in distance education. Using the distance question set on every occasion that you evaluate your paper allows you to assess the impact of any changes to your paper over time. To include the set of distance education questions, select this template in Otago inFORM (or tick the appropriate box in the evaluation request form).

Confidentiality policy for paper questions

Each time a set of paper questions are processed an analysis report is sent to the person who requested the evaluation. An additional copy of the analysis report will be sent to the relevant dean/head of department as per the policy change approved by the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellors in 2008. Course and programme development is a collective responsibility of each department and programme. In the rare situation when student questionnaires appear to have been altered inappropriately, they cannot be processed and will be passed to the Head of HEDC and the relevant PVC for advice.

Please note: if you wish to run paper questions that specifically name other staff members, then you will need their written authority. This can be achieved in an email, or by completing an authority form from Forms and resources.